Ladies Night at Cowra Services Club to highlight issue of women's safety

Cowra Services Club Board Member, Joanna Treasure, says Ladies' Night will raise awareness for women's safety and fundraise for White Ribbon Australia.
Cowra Services Club Board Member, Joanna Treasure, says Ladies' Night will raise awareness for women's safety and fundraise for White Ribbon Australia.

The Cowra Services Club is set to host a Ladies' Night in the hope of raising awareness of women's safety.

The Ladies' Night will be held on May 18 and is the brain child of Joanna Treasure, the first female on the club's Board of Directors.

"The idea for the Ladies' Night came in response to the Club being in touch with what's happening with the nightlife in town," Ms Treasure said.

The night will also serve as an opportunity to launch the Ask for Angela campaign at the club.

The safety campaign is aimed at addressing sexual violence, where patrons can approach bar staff and "ask for Angela" if they feel they are in an unsafe situation.

"We just wanted to get people up to the Club to see our new renovations and we've also introduced Ask for Angela campaign," Ms Treasure said.

"We just want to showcase that we are aware of the fact that women's safety is a key issue in our community and we want promote that.

"We want no strings attached, a fun and easygoing event for people to be able to attend."

The evening will serve as a fundraiser for White Ribbon Australia.

"We've $7 cocktails on the menu and some food provided, I've lined up a DJ from Sydney to come as our entertainment and also local businesses are donating some prizes for a raffle, which will run on the night," Ms Treasure said.

"All of the proceeds will go straight to White Ribbon Australia, to combat domestic violence.

"Basically we are just planning good food, good music, cheap drinks and a whole lot of dancing."

Ms Treasure said the feedback has been positive.

"People seem really excited about it, we just need people to click "going" on our Facebook event page so we know how much to feed everybody," she said.

"I think it was a timely response to what people in town really want."

Ms Treasure hopes that the evening is a success, which will allow the Club to look at similar events in the future.

"If we get enough support, it could become a regular occurrence, definitely," she said.

"If people in the community, not just females, want these kinds of events to keep running, they just need to support it, give it a chance."

The Ladies' Night will run from 6.30pm until 10.30pm. More information on Facebook, search "Ladies Night at Cowra Services Club".